Strategic Intelligence & Analysis

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Why Strategic Intelligence & Analysis ?

Northeastern’s Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis program prepares you with the broad skill set necessary for the next generation of leaders in the intelligence community in both the public and private sectors.

The Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis is designed for students who seek careers in the intelligence field, as well as professionals whose agencies or clientele are charged with the acquisition and interpretation of intelligence. Strategic intelligence leaders are committed to reducing uncertainty and providing warnings about potential security and safety threats both nationally and internationally using information from a variety of sources. 
 
Our degree program focuses on providing you with the analytical skills, research techniques, and verbal and written communication expertise to present your findings at the highest level. This program is for students who are looking for the analytical skills needed to identify a challenge or a threat (natural or man-made) and advise policy or decision-makers. With critical and reflective thinking at the forefront of the curriculum, graduates are prepared to make well-reasoned judgments in any situation based on the policies and theories they have learned.


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Unique Features

  • Learn from real-world experts: Learn directly from a former director of intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, CIA case officer, and CIA analysts. Courses are taught by faculty with extensive experience advising high-level decision-makers. They’ve contributed to local, state, and national analytics and intelligence efforts. 
  • Flexible learning formats: With courses offered 100% online, on campus in Boston, or a hybrid format, you can complete your degree without putting your life on hold.
  • Specialize and tailor to your career goals: Choose from one of three concentrations—Analysis for Homeland Security; Intelligence Community Operations and Analysis; or Remote Sensing.
  • Commitment to advancing innovations in security: Security is one of Northeastern’s three research and programmatic focal areas. Our university-wide commitment to guide and advance innovation in security, intelligence, and resilience is bolstered by our dedicated centers and institutes focused on security issues.
  • Industry-aligned curriculum: Explore the trends in the intelligence community from globalization to liaison agreements. Examine case studies based on current events and recent psychological research and master the key competencies needed to excel in the industry.   

Unique Transfer Credit Opportunity

Northeastern recognizes the knowledge and competencies demonstrated by Navy IW-qualified individuals (Officer, Enlisted, Active, or Reserve). Individuals with this status have the unique opportunity to accelerate through the Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis by applying this qualification in exchange for transfer credit.

Successful IW-qualified applicants can experience the following: 

  • Will receive 12 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 25% savings in tuition 
  • Will enjoy the convenience of a 100% online, interactive curriculum or choose to complete classes on ground in Boston
  • Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis program, IW-qualified individuals will also receive the coveted 2400 Designation: Strategic Intelligence Sub Specialty Code
  • Transfer credit is awarded for the following courses: SIA 6050- All-Source Intelligence, SIA 6060- Human Intelligence Operations, SIA 6070- Analysis for Counterterrorism 

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What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis General Requirements

Required Courses 

SIA 6000 - Psychology of Intelligence Analysis
4.00
SIA 6010 - Intelligence Operations Management
4.00
SIA 6020 - Globalization and Intelligence Issues
4.00
SIA 6030 - Intelligence Analysis and Policy Relationship
4.00
CJS 6125 - Issues in National Security
3.00

Capstone

Complete one of the following: 

SIA 6983 - Topics in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis
1.00 - 4.00
SIA 7990 - Thesis
1.00 - 4.00
 

Please Note: Students who are interested in taking SIA 7990 need to first take and pass GST 6109 Basic Field Research.

Electives

Complete 6-8 quarter hours from the following: 

SIA 6080 - Culture and Psychology
4.00
SIA 6110 - Law and Psychology
4.00
SIA 6090 - Intelligence Collection
4.00
GST 6300 - Security and Terrorism
4.00
ITC 6300 - Foundations of Information Security
3.00
CJS 6430 - Risk Management
3.00
EDU 6184 - Interdisciplinary Foundations
2.00
SIA 6100 - Leadership for Intelligence Professionals
4.00
GST 6109 - Basic Field Research Methods
4.00
GST 6501 - Regional Studies: East Asia
4.00
GST 6502 - Regional Studies: Middle East
4.00
GST 6503 - Regional Studies: Sub-Saharan Africa
4.00
GST 6504 - Regional Studies: Europe
4.00
GST 6505 - Regional Studies: Southwest and Central Asia
4.00
GST 6506 - Regional Studies: Latin America
4.00
 

Concentrations

Analysis for Homeland Security Concentration
HLS 6030 - Intelligence for Homeland Security
3.00
HLS 6020 - Technology for Homeland Security
3.00
HLS 6010 - The Unconventional Threat to Homeland Security
3.00
HLS 6050 - Multidisciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security
3.00
GST 6300 - Security and Terrorism
4.00
Intelligence Community Operations and Analysis Concentration
SIA 6040 - Interagency Collaboration
4.00
SIA 6050 - All-Source Intelligence
4.00
SIA 6060 - Human Intelligence Operations
4.00
SIA 6070 - Analysis for Counterterrorism
4.00
Remote Sensing Concentration

Required Courses

RMS 5105 - Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
3.00
RMS 6110 - Introduction to Machine Learning for Image Data
3.00

Electives

Complete four of the following: 

RMS 6215 - Unmanned Aerial Systems for Geospatial Analysts
3.00
RMS 6230 - Remote Sensing and Global Change
3.00
RMS 6240 - Introduction to Radar and LiDAR Remote Sensing
3.00
RMS 6250 - Spatial Analytics for Vegetation and Precision Agriculture
3.00
RMS 6260 - Remote Sensing for Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management
3.00
RMS 6270 - Remote Sensing for Disaster Management
3.00
RMS 6280 - Automated Feature Extraction for the Geospatial Professional
3.00
RMS 6290 - Spectroscopic Image Analysis
3.00
GIS 6394 - Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action
3.00
 

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

Did You Know?

Advanced degree holders earn an average 35% higher salary than those with a bachelor's degree (State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2012).

Did You Know?

By 2022, 18% of jobs will require a master's degree (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Average Time to Completion

2-3 Years

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter

Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

No